Eldoret’s Push for City Status Gains Momentum as County Installs CCTV Cameras for Surveillance

The County Government of Uasin Gishu continues with a program of installation of CCTV cameras in Eldoret town to enhance surveillance of people, boost investor confidence, prevent crime, and a push to make Eldoret a City.

This is one of the measures by Governor Jackson K. Arap Mandago, to ensure that the Eldoret is safe for doing business and also has the proper tools required to ensure it attains the city status.

According to the governor, the move is expected to see more investors and traders establishing businesses in Eldoret town hence spurring the county economy and creating room for job opportunities.

CCTV installation in Eldoret town.

The installation works are being undertaken by officers from the county’s Energy Department.

Apart from that, the Mandago-led administration has substantially completed mega projects within Eldoret town whose scope of work includes frontage improvement and beautification, High masts in Kipkaren, Asis, and Ngomongo areas, beautification of Oil Libya park along Kago street, Walkways, and drainage improvement.

Residents of Ngomongo in the Kimumu ward and the Kipkaren estate in the Kipkenyo ward thanked the county government for the installation of the high masts which they said has tremendously reduced cases of crime in their respective areas.

A recently erected high mast in an estate in Eldoret.

According to Roads, Transport, Energy and Public Works County Executive Eng. Gideon Birir, 6,404 LED Street Lights have been installed, besides, 30No High Mast floodlights, 32 No (15m) floodlights and 256No solar lighting spread across the county having been installed.

I want to thank H.E, the Governor for allocating adequate funds, creating a directorate of energy with enough human resources, and also going out of his way to negotiate with the National Government and other development partners like Kenya Informal Settlement Project, Kenya Urban Support Program who have also supported us,” reiterated Eng. Birir.

The bid to elevate Eldoret to a city status is currently at a crucial stage after an ad-hoc committee of experts from various sectors was set up to draft a report that will be based on determining whether to elevate it or not.

Once complete, the report will be submitted to the Uasin Gishu County Assembly for approval before it is forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

An aerial view of Eldoret town

Should the Senate approve it, the report is then handed to the Head of State who is constitutionally mandated to award a city charter.

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